Course Offerings | Science, Technology, and Public Policy

Science, Technology, and Public Policy Courses

The Science, Technology, and Public Policy program was discontinued beginning
fall term 2001. The following new topics were offered 1998-2001.


STP 15 Biology, Policy and Ethics of Cloning (two credit hours)
A study of the biology and technology of cloning in animals, including the benefits that emerge from cloning, the legal and ethical issues involved with the application of cloning technology, and how genes and environment each contribute to the characteristics of animals. A review of the basic biological principles necessary to understanding cloning is followed by detailed discussions of cloning methods and the technological breakthroughs that have enhanced these methods. An understanding of these topics contributes to discussions of the positive ways in which cloning has affected our world as well as the legal and ethical considerations that inevitably accompany the application of cloning in human populations. Prerequisite: BIO 11 or NSC 12.

STP 15 Automotive Technology and the Environment (two credit hours)
An examination of the impact of automotive technology on our environment. Topics include: origins of automotive technology, impact on patterns of natural resource utilization, modifications to climate and atmosphere, demographics and land use issues, and environmental constraints on the future development of transportation technology. Prerequisite: One of BIO 11, CHE 11, NSC 11, or PHY 11.

STP 15 At-Risk Children and Youth: Assessment, Etiology and Treatment (two credit hours)
An interdisciplinary assessment of children and youth that are considered at-risk for developing emotional and adjustment problems. The course focuses on the theoretical models associated with the environmental, familial, school, and individual factors that predict at-risk status, the outcomes associated with children who are at-risk, the intervention strategies designed to meet the needs of these children, and the research methods used in evaluating these intervention strategies. Prerequisite: PSY 11.

STP 15 Radiation and Society (two credit hours)
Same as STP 15 Physics, Technology and Public Policy.

STP 15 Plastics: The Synthetic Revolution (two credit hours)
The course begins with an examination of the chemical synthesis and structure-property relationships of plastics. The enormous scientific and technological impact of plastics like polyethylene, nylon, Teflon, and polyester on the course of history and popular culture are also discussed. Emphasis is placed on the role of plastics in current society. Current public policy on plastics recycling and environmental impact, silicon breast implants and other medical uses of plastics, and the safety of common plastics are debated. Prerequisite: CHE 11 or CHE 17 or NSC 11.

STP 15 Biodiversity in Amazonia/Central America (two credit hours)
An introduction to the biodiversity and human development issues in Amazonia or Central America, such as the significance of deforestation, the importance of wild species to local and global societies, and the importance of alternative farming, etc., to the entire region. Students are exposed to and actually use techniques for measuring and monitoring the diversity of plants and animals, as well as the involvement of the community in conservation projects. Current threats of species loss through deforestation and over-exploitation and probable solutions are examined. Conducted in Ecuador and Costa Rica.